MARCH of Dimes WalkAmerica

Sunday, May 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The fight against childhood diseases started 65 years ago when President Franklin Roosevelt asked all Americans to send a dime to the White House to help find a cure for polio.

Now, the March of Dimes is still asking for money to prevent birth defects, but, they do it in the form of walks.

KOTV's Terry Hood and Diane White were chairs for this year's walk in Tulsa. Paul Serrell walked along with his three children.

In all, about two thousand folks made it out to walk for the cause this morning at Memorial High School in Tulsa.

Jim Greene, March of Dimes: "It's the primary source of fundraising for the march of dimes. It's kind of our bread and butter event. It raises 95 million dollars nationally."

After a vaccine for polio was discovered in the 50's, the organization shifted it's focus to preventing birth defects and lowering the infant mortality rate.